USA Can't Hold On Against Brazil

  • June 29, 2009, 8:12 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Clint Dempsey sobbed as the Americans walked up to get their second-place medals, unable to hide the pain and the disappointment any longer.

The euphoria of knocking off Spain last week dissolved Sunday in the Confederations Cup final when Brazil unleashed its "Beautiful Game."

After dominating the five-time World Cup champions in the first half, the Americans were powerless as Brazil scored three goals in the final 45 minutes to rally for a 3-2 win.

"We're at the point where we don't want respect, we want to win," said Landon Donovan, whose goal in the 27th minute gave the United States a 2-0 lead. "There's no guarantee we ever get back to a final game like this, so it's disappointing."

Luis Fabiano scored twice for Brazil, and Lucio added the third in the 84th minute to give Brazil its second straight Confederations Cup title and third overall. The American men fell short in their first final of a FIFA tournament, but the experience was invaluable.

Almost sure to qualify for next year's World Cup, also in South Africa, the Americans certainly saw the benefits of playing this game. What hurt was the way they lost it.

"We continue to try and move ourselves forward, and playing these kind of games only helps," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "But it still feels pretty lousy to let this one get away."

Logano Becomes Youngest Winner in Cup History

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Teenager Joey Logano has become the youngest winner in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, winning the rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Sprint Cup rookie won for the first time in 20 Cup starts by storming back from a crash that put him a lap down.

Logano moved into the lead on lap 264 of the scheduled 301-lap race when Ryan Newman ran out of gas. The rain began falling three laps later and, after NASCAR put out a red flag to try to dry the track, the rain began coming down harder and the race was called after 273 laps.

Jeff Gordon finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, David Reutimann and Tony Stewart.

At the age of 19 years, one month and 4 days, Logano broke the record set by Kyle Busch for the youngest winner.

Mariano Rivera Gets Save Number 500

Mariano Rivera reached a milestone Sunday night after helping himself at the plate.

Rivera became the second pitcher in major league history with 500 career saves, getting four outs in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the New York Mets. He stranded the potential tying run at second to end the eighth before working out a bases-loaded walk in his third career plate appearance.

Mark Teixeira contributed to the Yankeees' three-run first, hitting a two-run double and scoring on a sacrifice fly.

The Yankees managed to complete a 3-game sweep and post their fifth straight despite collecting just two hits after the first inning of Sunday's game.

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